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Herbaceous Perennial

Echinacea pallida

pale purple coneflower

E. pallida is a tallish coneflower, to 1.2m with distinctive pale pink flowers. The rays are long and linear, reflexed to droop down from the tall orange-brown cone

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Pink Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Echinacea are erect, clump-forming rhizomatous perennials with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and solitary, long-stalked daisies with prominent conical central disks and often drooping ray florets; attractive to butterflies

Name status

Correct

Plant range
E North America

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, humus-rich soil ideally in full sun with protection from excessive winter wet

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 13°C in spring. Propagate by division in spring or autumn although they resent disturbance. Propagate by root cuttings from late autumn to early winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Prairie planting
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back stems as the blooms fade which may encourage further flowering; flowers may be kept on the plant for winter interest

Pests

Generally pest free but young growth may be susceptible to slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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